The church in Ephesus was doctrinally sound, patient, and worked hard for the Lord, but Jesus comes on the scene to rebuke the church for something they lacked: staying in love with Him. For the church then and now, Jesus helps us to understand that He’s much more concerned with our relationship and fellowship with Him, rather than the works that come from having a relationship with Him. This rebuke from Jesus allows us to repent and to run back to Jesus, our true and only first love, our Messiah, the One who saved us from the Lake of Fire and gave us eternal life with Him.
In this message, we move from Mark’s account of this story, to seeing what Matthew recorded about the same event (Matthew 19:10-12). We see that as the story unfolds, we journey into the realm of what we can call single living.
If singles and married couples are to build a Christ-centered marriage, it is mandatory for them to 1st: see God’s Marriage Picture of Jesus Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:32), 2nd: copy God’s examples, and then 3rd: build these things into their lives.